The activity of bookstores and antiquarian bookstores is primarily cultural and educational. The main role of bookstores and antiquarian bookstores is to maintain the reached cultural development level of the inhabitants of a certain territory, to which greatly contribute cultural programmes held regularly or occasionally in such territories. Books, comics, textbooks, manuals etc. as products fall into the education category and they satisfy the citizens’ cultural needs. Due to the bad economic situation in the Republic of Croatia, decline in book sales continues, owing to which bookshops are closing their doors.
In bookstores and antiquarian bookstores (e.g. Ribook, Ex libris,VBZ) regular and occasional cultural and literary programmes and presentations of books and authors are held, as well as roundtables and similar programmes aimed at promoting culture, reading and writing.
Therefore, in 2012, the mayor brought in a conclusion pursuant to which rents were reduced by 50%, and depending on economic movements, reduced rents are subject to renewal year after year.